BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld accept work needs to be done on the set-up of their cars for the Turkish Grand Prix if they are to maintain their reputation for taking the fight to McLaren and Ferrari this weekend.

Both drivers lamented the loss of track time when a drain hole cover came loose, creating a 30-minute long red flag period that prevented the team from completing their set-up work.

Indeed, with a view to producing a good race car, neither Kubica nor Heidfeld embarked on many single lap runs, something that was represented in the afternoon session especially when they recorded the 10th and 13th fastest times.

"This morning the track was really slippery and many drivers went off, so the conditions were very difficult," Kubica said. "In the afternoon the conditions were better, we mainly concentrated on the long runs to compare the tyres and we have done some good work.

"Unfortunately the session was stopped for quite a while, so we had to drop some setup work, but we have some time to do that tomorrow. I would have liked to do one more run, but it was the same for everyone."

Heidfeld mirrored the views of his team-mate, admitting that he is struggling to get the most out of the car on the longer runs.

"I enjoy driving here and I like the track, although in the morning in particular it was very slippery. Despite losing almost half an hour of track time, we completed all the important jobs and compared the two tyre specifications. The set-up is not ideal yet and, in my view, my long runs at the end were not perfect either."

 

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